The next father who gives a reason for celebrating Sunday as a day of joy, and refraining from kneeling on it, is Peter of Alexandria, who simply says, "Because on it he rose again." Next in order come the Apostolic Constitutions, which assert that the Sunday festival is a memorial ofthe resurrection:-- "But keep theSabbath, andthe Lord’s Day festival; because the former is a memorial ofthe creation, andthe latter ofthe resurrection." The writer, however, offers no proof that Sunday was set apart by divine authority in memory ofthe resurrection. But the next person who gives his reasons for keeping Sunday " as a festival" is the writer ofthe longer form ofthe reputed epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians. He finds the eighth day prophetically set forth in the title to the sixth and twelfth psalms! In the margin, the word Sheminith is translated "the eighth." Here is this writer's argument for Sunday:-- 496
"Looking forward to this, the prophet declared, 'To the end for the eighth day,' on which our life both sprang up again, andthe victory over death was obtained in Christ." There is yet another ofthe fathers ofthe first three centuries who gives the reasons then used in support ofthe Sunday festival. This is the writer ofthe Syriac Documents concerning Edessa. He comes next in order and closes the list. Here are four reasons:-- 1. "Because on the first day ofthe week our Lord rose from the place ofthe dead." 2. "On the first day ofthe week he arose upon the world," i.e., he was born upon Sunday. 3. "On the first day ofthe week he ascended upon to Heaven." 4. "On the first day ofthe week he will appear at last with the angels of Heaven." 497
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